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Court Rejects Proposed Appointment of Special Purpose Liquidators

In its recent judgment in Re Jabiru , the Supreme Court of New South Wales applied principles governing the appointment of Special Purpose Liquidators (SPL) in rejecting the Plaintiffs’ application...

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To the Brink and Back: In the matter of Merchant Overseas Logistics Pty Ltd [2022] VSC 154

In a recent Supreme Court of Victoria decision in which we acted for the successful liquidators, the Court made various orders to enable the company to complete an ultra-efficient, streamlined...

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Ambitious attempts to perfect the imperfectable

The recent Federal Court decision in Diversa Pty Ltd v Taiping Trustees Limited has highlighted some important risks faced by secured parties who don’t pay attention to the details when perfecting...

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Gunns Reloaded: High Court grants special leave

The Full Court of the High Court (Keane and Gleeson JJ) has today granted Daniel Bryant and Craig Crosbie of PwC, in their capacity as the Liquidators of the Gunns Group, special leave to appeal...

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A controversial boost for restructuring promoters: Court limits security interest vesting rule

In his recent decision in Antqip Hire, Brereton JA of the Supreme Court of New South Wales concluded that section 588FL of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) does not operate to result in the vesting...

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Section 553C set-off of unfair preference claims - Full Federal Court says no!

In a resounding judgment delivered last week, the Full Federal Court has confirmed that a statutory set-off under section 533C is not available to a defendant in unfair preference proceedings.

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Disclaimer Denied: liquidators personally liable for clean up costs

The Victorian Court of Appeal’s decision in The Australian Sawmilling Co Pty Ltd (in liq) v Environment Protection Authority [2021] VSCA 294 casts significant doubt on liquidators’ capacity to rely...

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Can boards hide their sensitive side?

A sensitivity analysis can be a useful tool for assessing the likelihood of meeting earnings forecasts. But are public companies bound to disclose that analysis to the market? The Full Court of the...

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Arrium court finds significant non-current liabilities not sufficient to prove insolvency

In a substantial recent decision arising from the Arrium liquidation , the Supreme Court of New South Wales considered the materiality of significant future liabilities in assessing the company’s...

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Liquidator vindicated by the Federal Court in the Babcock & Brown liquidation

A hotly anticipated decision in the ongoing saga of the Babcock & Brown liquidation was handed down last week, resulting in another win for the liquidator (represented by Johnson Winter & Slattery)...

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The role of a Special Purpose Liquidator is not to investigate conduct of external administrators

Today, the Federal Court dismissed a novel application brought by a disgruntled shareholder and minor creditor seeking to have a Special Purpose Liquidator appointed to investigate the general...

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Peak Indebtedness Peaking Again? Special leave sought for High Court appeal

On 10 May and 24 June 2021, the Full Court of the Federal Court delivered unanimous judgments in Badenoch Integrated Logging Pty Ltd v Bryant, in which the Full Court held that the peak...

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Peak Indebtedness: In the Gunn

In a significant decision delivered on 10 May 2021, in which JWS acts for the plaintiff liquidators of the Gunns Group, the Full Federal Court in Badenoch v Bryant has declined to follow some six...

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Restructuring reforms – will the proposed two tier system avert the zombie apocalypse?

The Treasurer has announced major proposed reforms to Australia’s insolvency framework aimed at facilitating the restructuring of small to medium businesses (MSMEs) and streamlining their...

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Extension of temporary COVID-19 relief from insolvent trading liability and statutory demands

The operation of temporary COVID-19 relief measures for businesses in the hope of aiding distressed companies and preventing further economic breakdown will be extended until 31 December 2020.

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Lessors’ Priority Preserved: Implications for Post-Appointment Trading and DOCAs

In its recent judgment involving the PAS Group of companies , the Federal Court held that rent payable by the PAS Group during an extension of the period in which an administrator had been excused...

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Court directs whether work-in-progress and other intangible ‘assets’ are ‘circulating assets’

The Supreme Court of New South Wales has helpfully given guidance to the liquidators of the RCR Tomlinson Group on a number of unsettled questions that have challenged insolvency practitioners...

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Gunns liquidators prevail on peak indebtedness, set-off and the Court’s discretion

This week, the Federal Court published judgments in three unfair preference claims brought by the liquidators of the Gunns Group. We acted for the liquidators in each proceeding.

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Steering through uncertain seas: creditor solutions to navigating COVID-19

Times are changing rapidly with the current flow of Coronavirus measures introduced to support businesses in debt and distress.

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Containing the COVID-19 contagion: temporary relief for financially distressed companies

The Coronavirus Response Bill provides, amongst other legislative amendments, for temporary changes of 6 months’ duration to Australian insolvency and corporations laws to assist in managing the...

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Fruit of the poisoned tree – examination summonses fatally tainted by improper purposes

This decision is an important reminder to liquidators to exercise their independent and professional judgment.

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A warning and opportunity for liquidators pursuing unfair preference claims

In its recent decision in the ongoing Solar Shop litigation, the Full Federal Court established two key principles which will have significant ongoing implications for the conduct of unfair...

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Rising from the ashes – Illegal Phoenixing Bill receives Royal Assent

Australia’s insolvency laws have been amended, yet again.

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The Liquidator’s Toolbox: A reminder of the power to search and seize

A recent Federal Court decision serves as a helpful reminder to liquidators about the potential availability of warrants under section 530C of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

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The continued saga of the Babcock & Brown liquidation

In a decision of the Federal Court handed down on 18 October 2019 in Masters v Lombe (Liquidator); In the Matter of Babcock & Brown Limited (In Liquidation) [2019] FCA 1720, Foster J held that...

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